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Clinical Pilates for Seniors: Enhancing Balance and Mobility

 

As we age our bodies can start to degrade without the proper maintenance. Finding a safe way to exercise our muscles, and build strength and flexibility is key to staying active and enjoying everything life has to offer.

Clinical Pilates offers an easy way to start maintaining your body without exhausting yourself. By focusing on your needs through careful movements you can find improvement in everything from your muscles to your mental health. 

For personalised advice, contact our team at NDPE today.

Clinical Pilates for Seniors

What is Clinical Pilates  

Pilates is a form of exercise that builds core strength through key exercises and movements, that slowly get more challenging as you progress and build strength. Clinical Pilates utilises the same forms but is specified to your body’s unique needs to help you recover from an injury or navigate changes due to age.

In order to personalise your Pilates routine you will need to consult with a physiotherapist. A qualified physiotherapist is able to assess your body and build an exercise regime that can improve your functioning safely. By ensuring that you do not attempt exercises that could cause you injury, and identifying where your body needs to improve most, you can get the most out of your Pilates routine.

 

Benefits of Clinical Pilates 

Clinical Pilates has a range of different benefits for your body. While a personalised routine can help you target specific areas for improvement, most people benefit in these areas:

Improved Balance

Pilates is most often focused on different core exercises to build strength. As your body builds strength in this area, your stability and balance can improve over time. Likewise, through the careful movements characteristic of Pilates, you can increase your flexibility and improve your coordination and posture. 

Bone Density

With the right exercises, you can improve your bone density through Pilates, reducing the chance of fractures or breaks occurring. By allowing your limbs to bear more weight in a controlled way they can slowly strengthen, improving bone density.

However, many of the exercises that focus on bone density can also be difficult or dangerous to pursue without the right guidance. Ensuring your routine is approved by a physiotherapist is necessary to avoid injuries that could develop by taking on an exercise that your body is not prepared for.

Easier Breathing

By building your core muscles and engaging in the measured breathing exercises common in Pilates, you can help strengthen the muscles around your chest and lungs. This can make it easier for you to breathe and distribute oxygen into your bloodstream overall. 

By improving your oxygen intake, you can reduce other symptoms common with aging such as dizziness and declined cognitive functioning. 

Mental Health

Pilates is a great way to exercise regularly in a mindful way. Completing controlled movements and exercises to improve your body physically also has the benefit of releasing endorphins that can improve your mood. 

With regular exercise, your body can become more alert, allowing you to maintain energy levels throughout the day. This can help you meet personal goals and encourage you to take on more challenges. If you have been experiencing a lowered mood or increased stress, regular exercise is a great way to improve your mental health.

 

Getting the Most out of Your Pilates Routine

As with any exercise, starting slow is the best way to look after your body, especially if you haven’t exercised in a long time. Starting your routine with smaller exercises and slowly working up to harder exercises is the best way to build and maintain strength. Starting with more difficult exercises often results in injuries if you have not prepared your body appropriately.

Consistency is then the best way to get the most out of your Pilates. By incorporating your exercises into a daily routine your muscles will begin to adapt to them faster, building strength so that you can meet your goals. 

Likewise, having enough energy to exercise properly is key. Eating and drinking regularly ensures your body has the fuel it needs to engage in excessive or controlled movements so that your overall health is not neglected while you exercise.

 

Where to Start 

If you have been experiencing difficulty with movement or balance, your muscles may be deteriorating through age and inactivity. Clinical Pilates can strengthen your body to combat muscle deterioration and improve your body’s functioning over time. 

When beginning to exercise it is imperative that you take into account what your body is and is not capable of. Consulting a physiotherapist is the first step to improving your mobility and flexibility. By assessing your unique needs your physiotherapist can tailor a regime that focuses on improving your body without additional risk. 

If you want to explore how clinical Pilates can help you, contact NDPE today. With trained physiotherapists, we are experienced in building regimes that focus on your needs, so that you can enjoy life as it comes.

 

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